Vegetarian/Vegan Menu – Chickpea Tacos with Avocado Crema

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I have posted the recipe for these before, but with the holidays approaching, I’m finding myself wanting to make them (and eat them!) and you may too! 😉 They are so easy and so tasty! My kids came by when I was making them once, popped one (without chocolate) into their mouth and immediately exclaimed “Mmmm caramel, I love caramel!” Yes to a healthier treat!

Recipe (makes approximately 15 caramels)

Ingredients:

1 cup pitted dates

½ Tbsp peanut (or other nut or seed) butter

½ cup dark chocolate chips or chopped chocolate (use dairy free if needed)

Preparation:

1 Place pitted dates and peanut butter in a food processor and process until smooth.

2 Take mixture out and roll into small balls. You should get approx. 15 balls. Put in the fridge or freezer for 10-15 min to harden.

3 In a small bowl gently heat chocolate (either over a water bath or in the microwave)*.

4 Dip caramels in the chocolate and place on parchment paper to harden.

5 Optional: You can sprinkle with caramels with either some sea salt, chopped nuts, fancy sugar etc!

6 Let cool so chocolate sets.

7 Enjoy!

*If you melt the chocolate over a water bath be careful not to get water into the chocolate. Also, the smaller the bowl, the better for this purpose!

If microwaving the chocolate, add a drop of milk or cream and heat in increments of 15-20 seconds and stir between so you don’t burn the chocolate and it gets dry.

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My kids love a good chocolate spread but I’m not a huge fan of some of the ingredients in the store-bought varieties, so I came up with this version for them. I like the idea of giving them a treat that also adds some substance. This chocolate spread on a good piece of whole grain bread is great for an afternoon snack, before or after a sports activity or even as a breakfast treat. Packed with nuts and healthy fats it’s refined sugar free and will keep the kids going strong! 🙂

Great as a snack or treat!

Great as a snack or treat!

Recipe (makes approximately ¾ cup)

Ingredients:

½ cup raw hazelnuts

¼ cup raw cashews

¼ cup raw pecans

4 medium sized pitted dates

2 Tbsp coconut oil

1 tsp vanilla extract

2 Tbsp good quality cocoa powder

¼ cup good quality maple syrup (or to taste)

 

Preparation:

1. In a food processor pulse nuts to make a fine sand like texture. (Don’t blend too much or you will have nut butter!)

2. Add remaining ingredients and process until smooth (It will have a slightly grainy texture)

3. Spread onto your favourite bread and enjoy!

Keep refrigerated.

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There are probably as many good ways to peel a butternut squash as there are people peeling butternut squash, but in case it seems like a daunting task to peel and process the butternut squash in your delivery, here is my favourite strategy!

You need a cutting board and a (preferably large) sharp knife.

You need a cutting board and a (preferably large) sharp knife.

 

Laying the squash down, cut off the top and the bottom so you get 2 flat surfaces.

Laying the squash down, cut off the top and the bottom so you get 2 flat surfaces so it can stand up.

 

Cut the squash in half again. This makes it easier to run the knife down the sides to peel it, as it tends to curve quite a bit in the middle.

Cut the squash in half again. This makes it easier to run the knife down the sides to peel it, as it tends to curve quite a bit in the middle.

 

Making sure to always hold your hands above and away from the blade, start cutting down the sides of the squash, working your way around.

Making sure to always hold your hands above and away from the blade, start cutting down the sides of the squash, working your way around.

 

Continue all the way around, then do the same with the other half.

Continue all the way around, then do the same with the other half.

 

Cut the bottom half in half from top to bottom to expose the seeds.

Cut the bottom half in half from top to bottom to expose the seeds.

 

Use a spoon to remove the seeds. Then go ahead and prepare according to the recipe!

Use a spoon to remove the seeds. Then go ahead and prepare according to the recipe!

 

If you have half a squash to work with, it

If you have half a squash to work with, it’s even more important to cut it in half before proceeding, to make it more stable and safer for your fingers.

Here is a super simple and yummy appetizer recipe for you. With only 3 ingredients it comes together in no time; perfect for this busy time of year!

As this is our last post before the holidays we want to wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas!

prosciutto dates

Prosciutto Wrapped Dates with Chèvre

Ingredients:

20 dates, or 10 medjool dates, halved with pit removed

10 slices prosciutto

approx. 150 grams goat cheese

Preparation:

  1. Preheat oven to 450°F.
  2. Halve prosciutto lengthwise.
  3. Cut goat cheese into 20 pieces.
  4. On each thin slice of prosciutto place one date and one piece of cheese. Roll up in goat cheese.
  5. Place on a baking tray in the oven for 5-6 min. (Alternatively cook in a pan on the stove over medium-high heat for 4-5 min, until cheese is melted and prosciutto browned)
  6. Enjoy!

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